Friday 11 June 2021 / 12:01 AM Defence

Chris Evans comments on the NAO’s report ‘Optimising the Defence Estate’

Chris Evans MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Defence Procurement, commenting on the NAO’s report Optimising the Defence Estate which finds that the Ministry of Defence has missed its targets to reduce the size of the estate, said:

“The MoD has failed to reach any of its targets on reducing the size of the defence estate over the past five years, wasting money that should be spent on the frontline.

“The MoD has got its priorities all wrong, it has been more focused on internal re-organisations rather than getting to grips with the huge challenges within the defence estate, no wonder they cannot achieve their targets.

“There is a pattern within the MoD of setting unrealistic targets, then crossing their fingers and hoping it will be alright on the night. This has to stop, there needs to be a clear strategy in place to ensure the defence estate is fit for purpose.”